COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Blizzard machines across the country were hard at work Thursday for Dairy Queen's annual "Miracle Treat Day."
Stores were asked to donate at least $1 from each Blizzard sold to the Children's Miracle Network.
The Cochran store decided to double that donation. Its proceeds will go to the Children's Hospital in Macon, which store owner Ali Momin has toured before.
"You'll see some babies that don't have arms," says Momin. "You'll see some babies that don't have legs. Some babies are born with cancer. You'll just see multiple things wrong with babies and children that are seven-years-old, eight-years-old, one-year-old, six months old. There are kids there, and the hospital needs funds."
Last year on this day, the Cochran store alone raised $1,500. This year, Ali says his goal is to raise even more.
"My thing is, I think we should sell Blizzards instead of anything else," he says. "That way, the money that we do collect goes straight to the hospital."
Every year, some local celebrities volunteer to help make the tasty treats at the Cochran store, like Bleckley High School's athletic director and even Cochran's assistant police chief.
"It's pretty cool," says Assistant Chief of Police, Captain Chris Coley. "Normally, you're on the other side of the counter just eating them and enjoying them. It's kind of neat to kind of see how it's put together. It may seem like a simple recipe, but it's pretty fun."
In 2012, Dairy Queen raised more than $5.5 million for children's hospitals across the nation.